Dancing in the Rain
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A Trisomy 18 Journey

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. -- Vivian Greene

Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 11: Supportive Friends/Family

 Day 11: Supportive friends and family

We have received so much support -- before Julia, while she was here, and after she passed away.
My immediate family -- my husband, Marc, and my older children, Sydney and Isaac.  We stayed close together and we all lovingly made many sacrifices to care for Julia together.
Our family members -- especially my sister, my mom, and Marc's mom, all of whom spent many days here with us in spite of living far away. Thank you also to their spouses (and kids) for making it possible for them to be here so much. All of our family members near and far made great efforts to come and meet Julia. She was blessed to be able to meet all of her grandparents and great-grandparents, many cousins, and several aunts and uncles.
Our church family supported us with prayers, friendship, faith, and strength.
Our neighbors and local friends supported us in our every day life by bringing food, watching our older kids and even sometimes Julia, carpooling, doing yard work, giving us a baby shower, and celebrating all of Julia's milestones and important days.
Our "faraway friends" made the journey to meet Julia from as far as Alaska!  Many other friends sent cards and emails and called to check in. Julia received hundreds of birthday cards from all over the country on her first birthday!
Our trisomy family from all over the world has walked this road before, with, and behind us. They offer wisdom, encouragement, tears, hugs (real and virtual!), and a unique understanding of what we face at every step.
We are thankful that such a generous and inspiring community has been given to us on this journey.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. This national observance month was established in 1988 by President Reagan.  This post is part of Carly Marie's "Capture Your Grief" 31 day photography project for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.


BR said...

I am just weeping after seeing that picture of the three of us on your couch. I have often been so disappointed with myself for not taking a photo when I had the opportunity to hold dear baby Julia. I didn't know this one existed! I am so HAPPY to see it! I will never forget the night you trusted me to stay with her in the living room while you put the kids to bed and tried to get a little rest yourself. I remember putting away some of her super cutie teensy laundry too. So may people sent you the sweetest little clothes for her! What an adorable pile of laundry that was! Thank you for the photo - you've made my day+.

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